It will be almost one month between home games when South Carolina straps on the helmets and pads at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday against Missouri, with the home team standing at a bit of a crossroads.
Despair has overcome the fanbase, and many are wondering if there’s any merit to the bill of goods they were sold breeding the optimism that would promise a season where the Gamecocks could contend in the upper echelon of the SEC East.
After the first four weeks what has been a see-saw start to the season, South Carolina must figure out whether they are a pretender or contender.
A player who has taken it upon himself to carry the torch for his unit is offensive lineman Zack Bailey, who does not want his final season in garnet and black to come in vain.
He believes the Gamecocks have the ability within them to turn the season around:
OL Zack Bailey
Another player who has gained a taste of success is right tackle Blake Camper, a fellow senior, who in a self-made way has risen to the top spot at offensive tackle. He too, is eager to prove on the promises bestowed on this team during the preseason:
OL Blake Camper
On defense, the Gamecocks have not been nearly as opportunistic as they were a season ago, when they were second in the SEC in turnover margin to eventual national champion Alabama.
Their ability to take the ball away was something they held their hat on in 2017, and was a big key to the victory over Missouri last year.
Defensive back Jamyest Williams intercepted a pass following a Deebo Samuel kickoff return for touchdown that spurred another score for the Gamecocks on the ensuing drive. South Carolina maintained a stranglehold on that game from that point forward.
Defensive back Steven Montac spoke to the fact that South Carolina needs more “ballhawks” in the secondary:
DB Steven Montac
South Carolina believed they had a natural replacement for departed linebacker Skai Moore’s leadership in TJ Brunson. The team’s leading tackler took Head Coach Will Muschamp’s directives this week to heart, when the Head Coach said they need more improved play from the linebacking corps.
Brunson believes this week could be their showcase against the high-powered offense of Missouri:
LB TJ Brunson
South Carolina hosts Missouri at noon Saturday on the SEC Network.